A Voyage Round the World.
A Voyage Round the World. Containing an Account of Captain Dampier's Expedition into the South-Seas in the ship St. George, in the years 1703 and 1704… Together with the author's voyage from Amapalla on the west-coast of Mexico, to East India.

London: W. Botham, for James Knapton, 1707.

Octavo, with five folding maps (one with small repair) and ten engraved plates; contemporary lightly panelled calf, very well rebacked.

An unhappy account of an unhappy voyage

First edition of this important contemporary account of an early circumnavigation of the globe in which William Dampier's mate rushes (or is rushed by a publisher) into print: Funnell's voyage narrative is an essential component of the Dampier voyage canon ('the only Narrative which has been published of the Voyage of the Saint George and Cinque Ports' (Burney)), and was later incorporated into Dampier's collected voyages. At the time of publication, however, it incensed Dampier so much that he published his single-sheet refutation, A Vindication. Funnell is certainly not generous to Dampier: although he shows grudging respect for his captain's earlier mapping of the region, he charges him with frequent drunkenness, foul and abusive language, oppressing his crew, and gross cowardice.

First edition of this important contemporary account of an early circumnavigation of the globe in which William Dampier's mate rushes (or is rushed by a publisher) into print: Funnell's voyage narrative is an essential component of the Dampier voyage canon ('the only Narrative which has been published of the Voyage of the Saint George and Cinque Ports' (Burney)), and was later incorporated into Dampier's collected voyages. At the time of publication, however, it incensed Dampier so much that he published his single-sheet refutation, A Vindication. Funnell is certainly not generous to Dampier: although he shows grudging respect for his captain's earlier mapping of the region, he charges him with frequent drunkenness, foul and abusive language, oppressing his crew, and gross cowardice.

Funnell shipped on the St. George as steward and afterwards Dampier's mate, on a voyage designed to 'harass the Spaniards and take plunder from vessels and towns in South America' (Hill). The unhappy voyage was marred by almost continuous quarrelling among the captains and crew, including a series of desertions and mutinies. Funnell was one of the thirty-four of the original crew who left Dampier in Amapalla Bay and sailed on the recently taken prize-ship the Saint John. The ship was impounded at Amboyna by the Dutch and Funnell, together with the remaining crew, was embarked on the next Dutch fleet for Europe. Dampier returned to Peru and thence the Indies where he was also temporarily imprisoned by the Dutch.

As a result, Funnell completed the circumnavigation (albeit by relay), and returned to England well before his captain. Dampier's own publisher Knapton rushed Funnell's narrative quickly into print. Burney criticises the mercenary motives of Knapton in publishing what was essentially 'A fourth volume… which contains not a word of Dampier's writing; but much that he disapproved'. Whilst Dampier's temper has long been questioned, surely Burney's summation of this publication is apt: it 'could not have fallen into worse hands than those of Funnell. Besides being extremely ignorant, he was void of regard or respect for veracity'.

Provenance: Private collection (Sydney).

Borba de Moraes, I:333-4; Davidson, 'A Book Collector's Notes', p. 33; Hill, 664; Sabin, 26213.

Price (AUD): $7,850.00  other currencies Ref: #4505112

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